Underrated: "I Don't Know If People Even Respect What He Did For The Game"
Thursday, May 16, 2013 12:05AM
[Each week, SOHH asks two entertainment personalities to name who they feel is the most underrated emcee in hip-hop. After Aasim gave OC and Mos Def the title earlier this week, Cash Money's Jay Sean crowns Big L and Pharcyde SOHH Underrated.]
I grew up listening to what I believe is the greatest era in hip-hop, when you had A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul and all these cats that were doing amazing stuff. I'm talking about the early, early 1990's. To me, some of those people still have it.
Just take a look at Snoop Dogg and how he came out around 1992 and he still has it. Dr. Dre is, obviously, still around. These guys aren't underrated. So it's hard to say.
For underrated and people who influenced me, on that fast-flow type of stuff, it was people like Big L, who passed away, but I don't know if people even respect what he did for the game. You can look at what Jay-Z did for the game back then.
I would maybe say The Pharcyde. They really had some good, soulful vibes in their music.
I don't even think people respect what DJ Premier has done as a producer for hip-hop back then. I don't really hear Preemo now but he was a pioneer for that sound back then.
Considered one of the first artists to start the new British Invasion in United States in recent years, and the only British born urban artist to go #1 in America, multi-platinum selling Jay Sean has had three internationally known albums, Me Against Myself, My Own Way, and All Or Nothing, as well as five consecutive top 40 Billboard singles, "Down," "Do You Remember," "I Made It (Cash Money Hero's)," "2012" and "Hit the Lights." The London born artist started songwriting at the early age of 13, which spawned from his love of Hip Hop and R&B including soul singers, Boyz II Men, Mary J. Blige and Stevie Wonder. By the time his debut album released in 2004, his small group of London supporters grew to be a global fan base. It wasn't until after the release of his second album and international hit "Ride It," that Cash Money CEO Ronald 'Slim' Williams took note. He was signed as the first British artist on the label, and his debut single became Cash Money's first Billboard Hot 100 number one single. Since 2009, Jay Sean has sold a remarkable 12+ Million singles and has collaborated on tracks with Bryan 'Birdman' Williams (Written On Her/Like This Like That) as well as chart topping label mates, Lil Wayne (Down/Hit the Lights), Nicki Minaj (2012 It Ain't the End) and Tyga (Sex 101). In April 2012, Jay digitally released "I'm All Yours" featuring Pitbull to much critical acclaim, and top 10 chart positions in many territories.
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